2011 shortlist

* Todd Babiak’s Toby: A Man  *  Trevor Cole’s Practical Jean  *  Terry Fallis’s The High Road  *  Red Green’s How to do Everything  *  David Rakoff’s Half Empty



Books by a former Leacock winner and this year’s winner of Canada Reads, Terry Fallis, and by Canada’s own Duct Tape King, Red Green, are among the 2010 finalists for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

The Orillia-based Stephen Leacock Associates award the annual literary prize to the most humorous book published in Canada, written by a Canadian, in the previous year. This national award carries a $15,000 cash prize courtesy of TD Financial Group and the prestigious silver Leacock Memorial Medal. The four runners-up also receive cheques for their efforts.

Will Ferguson’s book Beyond Belfast, about an uproarious hiking trip around Northern Ireland, was last year’s winner.

Following a review of a record 70 submissions for this year’s award, the Leacock Associates are pleased to announce the shortlist of five finalists. They are Todd Babiak for his book Toby: A Man, Trevor Cole for Practical Jean, Terry Fallis for The High Road, Red Green for How To Do Everything, and David Rakoff for Half Empty.

Judith Rapson, chair of the award committee, commented, “Each submitted book is judged for humour and originality. Five national judges and 12 local judges review every book, and from this year’s 70 submissions determine the five shortlisted nominated authors for the 2010 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour.”

The Leacock Medal for Humour was first awarded in 1947 in honour of Stephen Leacock, the author of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, three years after his death. Leacock winners include W.O. Mitchell, Pierre Berton, Farley Mowat, Stuart Mclean, Mordecai Richler, Terry Fallis, Dan Needles and Robertson Davies.

This year’s winning author will be announced on Thursday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. at a special luncheon at the Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre in Orillia. Tickets are available for $20. Call Donnajean Jefferies at 705 325 1757 or visit Manticore Books in Orillia to purchase your ticket. Copies of the five finalist’s books are available from Manticore Books.